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CAPSTONE. What is a “ Capstone ” ?. culminating activity completed in senior year project focused on a student’s personal interest, career path or academic pursuit synthesizes classroom study and real world perspective

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What is a “Capstone” ?

  • culminating activity completed in senior year

  • project focused on a student’s personal interest, career path or academic pursuit

  • synthesizes classroom study and real world perspective

    • students demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have acquired K-12

    • students demonstrate their ability to apply key knowledge and skills by planning, completing and presenting a culminating project


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Purposeof Capstone

Prepares students for

  • self-directed, lifelong learning and

  • effective and productive citizenship

    Providesschool and community with

  • demonstration of students’ K-12 learning


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Essential

Studentleadership and flexibility in choice of topic

Support of in-school advisor/mentor in articulation of topic, work plan, and objectives

Projects that “stretch” each student by requiring new learning

Recommended

Experiential learning

5 Capstone Components:I. CHOICE


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Essential

Thinking critically and creatively

Demonstrating flexibility and initiative

Conducting analysis and research

Communicating ideas through multiple modalities

Using technology effectively

5 Capstone Components:II. STANDARDS & SKILLS


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Essential

Developing and implementinga plan of action

Conducting research

Working with an advisor/mentor

Presenting/exhibiting through multiple modalities, with question and answer or other form of interaction

Reflecting and self-evaluating

5 Capstone Components:III. PROCESSES


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Essential

Project proposal

Reflective journal/process log

Final product

Presentation/exhibition

Reflection and self-evaluation

5 Capstone Components:IV. PRODUCTS


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Essential

Process to cultivate Capstone in school and community

Planning timeline for students that begins prior to the senior year, including specific milestones

School-wide program coordinator

Regular monitoring and recording of each student’s progress by in-school adult advisor/mentor

Program handbooks (timelines, rubrics, etc.)

Rigor equivalent to one credit of high school work

Connections to Student Success Plan

Clearly articulated scoring tools

Inclusion of Capstone in key school resources and communications

5 Capstone Components:V. SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE


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Essential

Process to cultivate Capstone in school and community

Planning timeline for students that begins prior to the senior year, including specific milestones

School-wide program coordinator

Regular monitoring and recording of each student’s progress by in-school adult advisor/mentor

Program handbooks (timelines, rubrics, etc.)

Rigor equivalent to one credit of high school work

Connections to Student Success Plan

Clearly articulated scoring tools

Inclusion of Capstone in key school resources and communications

5 Capstone Components:V. SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE


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Recommended

Vertical articulation with middle school

alignment of middle school curriculum to prepare students for Capstone work

middle school mini-capstone project

explain Capstone at middle school parent night

invite middle school parents to high school project exhibitions

Opportunities for student leadership of Capstone program

Include community mentors in projects as appropriate

5 Capstone Components:V. SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE(cont.)


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For more detailed information about each of the 4 Strands…

Watch the four

Strand

Webinars …

To be posted on the CSDE and SERC websites

in May 2010

Each webinar

will feature

presentations by educators in

successful

CT schools

More info at: www.ctserc.org


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Secondary School Reform in Connecticut

Regional and National Initiatives

“Hot House”Schools

NESSC Consortium

Regional Conferences

RttT

Assessment Grant

Common

Core

Standards

RTTT Grant

Workforce

Transition Committee

Balanced Assessment Consortium

NECC Consortium

State Liaison

Assessment

Team

Working

Group

Data

Team

Council

The CT Plan

Algebra 1 Model Curriculum

State SSR

Webinar Series

District and School Initiatives

District Pilots

School Environment and Student Support

District Pilots

Model Curriculum and

End-of-Course Examinations

District Pilots

Student Success Plans

District Pilots

Capstone Projects


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“Participating” Districts

(RTTT)

District Pilots

(Capstone, et al.)

Connecticut Plan

Board Exam Pilots (NCEE)

“Hot House” Schools

(NESSC)